The history of the Normans began a long time before 1066. Beginning as Viking raiders in the eighth century. Francois Neveux is the leading medieval historian in France and has written numerous books on the Normans. He is the Professor of History at Caen University. Series: Brief History of.
The history of the Normans began a long time before 1066. Beginning as Viking raiders in the eighth century, the Normans not only changed the landscape of Europe but were changed by their new conquests.
There's an excellent chronology which includes the Vikings in England and Neustia in the 700s to the 1200s with the last of the Norman kings in southern Italy. This is a useful brief overview of the Normans and quite readable. However I don't think I've ever read a book with so many typographical errors - it seems to have escaped the proof-reading process. This is an exceptional view from the Norman viewpoint: the author writes from a Norman University. It contains a rare treatment of the whole founding and development of Normandy, expatiating greatly on areas not concerned with war. This kind of information is hard to come by. However, the author could delve more deeply into the results of the Norman Era, especially in the fecund, verdant fields of Sicily and Italy.
Robert the Magnificent and William the Conqueror get a chapter each. Then there's something of a digression covering the Hauteville brothers and the Norman conquests in southern Italy and Sicily, before a less detailed.
Normans: The History of a Dynasty (Overview of the Norman period with focus on the early crusades) David Crouch, Hambledon Continuum, 2006. Normans in Norfolk (Readable report of the Norman impact on Norfolk) Sue Margeson, Norfolk Museums Service, 1994. Norman England (Illustrated book that explores the Norman lifestyle and interaction with Anglo-Saxon English) Trevor Rowley, English Heritage, 1997.
French historian Francois Neveux does a fairly good job of being succinct while retaining a fair amount of detail. As Viking raiders in the eighth century, the Normans not only changed the landscape and culture of Europe but were themselves changed by their new conquests. As a military force they became unstoppable; as conquerors they established their own kingdom in Normandy from where they set out on a number of devastating campaigns, spreading innovations in politics, architecture and culture.
A Brief History of the Normans : The Conquests that Changed the Face of Europe.